Korean War Veteran To Be Laid To Rest After 63 Years Missing
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on August 04, 2014 @ 7:02PM
Created on August 04, 2014 @ 6:33PM
After 63 years a Korean War veteran will finally be laid to rest. Corporal Alva Groves was only 18 when he was taken as a prisoner of war and died in captivity. His body is coming home on Tuesday.
Groves had to get his mother's permission to join the service because he was only 17 when he enlisted in 1949. Less than two years after that, his family got a telegram that he was missing. In June of 1953, they got the notice that he had died in Korea.
After decades of hoping to see his body returned home, Groves' sister and niece had blood work done to see if their DNA matched any remains of returned soldiers from the war. They were tested in 2006, and finally got confirmation there was a match this summer. Groves' sister Lillian Anderson said she hopes this story will give other families hope that they can also be reunited with their missing loved ones.
"I just thank God that our service personnel thinks enough of the service people to do this. Just because they've died or been killed they're not just wiped out," Anderson said. "Not just 'that's okay they're gone so we just forget it.' They don't do that and I'm so thankful that they continued with this. That he will be brought back now."
Groves' remains will be flown into Pittsburgh and brought back home Tuesday. He will be laid to rest in the Pruntytown National Cemetery on Thursday.
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